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The number of bald eagle nests have increased from only one 1982 to over 200 today because of New Jersey’s recovery efforts?

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Union County Falcon Cam

Conserve Wildlife Foundation is happy to partner with Union County to stream this falcon nest live from the roof of the County Courthouse in downtown Elizabeth, New Jersey.


NestBox News:

December 10, 2021

Disqus interaction has been removed from this webpage until the nesting season begins and we invest in a more effective way to engage with falcon cam viewers. Thanks to all who watch and support efforts by Union County to live stream the view from Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth.

November 22, 2021

Union County staff are working with subcontractors to update the camera atop the Courthouse in Elizabeth. The outside camera (PTZ, shown above) has been replaced with the latest model, which also supports audio, and the interior camera has also been replaced. You can view a video update from the roof of the Courthouse on Union County's website, here.

Stay tuned for more updates. BW

This Falcon Cam will provide an enriching experience for County residents of all ages, and for online visitors from all over the world.

Union County Falcon Cam

A pair first attempted to build a nest on the roof of the County Courthouse in 2005, but windy conditions were an obstacle. In 2006, County staff installed a Dogloo, also referred to as a "Peregloo" by state biologists to provide a more suitable nest site, which was recommended by wildlife biologists with the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife. Finally, the nesting pair was productive. In 2015, the nesting pair produced four young. In 2016, there was a turnover at the nest and the female was replaced with a young adult. Leg bands indicate that she originated at a nest located at Throgs Neck Bridge in New York City in 2010. She has been here ever since and has now produced her own young who have also successfully fledged.

Falcon Cam Education

Image of A female peregrine falcon. Photo courtesy of Kim Steininger.Zoom+ A female peregrine falcon. Photo courtesy of Kim Steininger.

CWF’s Soaring with STEM program educates children about New Jersey’s unique natural resources and the rare wildlife that shares our environment using the Union County Courthouse live falcon web cams as the primary technological learning tool. Through interactive and engaging classroom and assembly presentations, our experienced educators bring wildlife into your school. Students are fascinated to discover that these raptors nest and raise young each year right in their own backyards! Teachers receive structured lessons and interactive activities to address the Next Generation Science Standards for grades 3-5. Learning about their wildlife neighbors helps children to connect to their community and teaches children to consider how their everyday actions impact the natural world around them. A special thanks to Phillips 66 for their sponsorship of the Union County Educational programs utilizing the Union County Courthouse Falcon Cam.

Please contact Stephanie DAlessio, CWF Director of Education, for more information on this and other educational programming options.

Get Involved

CWF is offering individual and corporate sponsorships of public outreach and environmental education in Union County centered on the Falcon Cam. CWF seeks to provide educational programs, lesson plans, curriculum development, and educational field trips for schools within Union County.

For more information about CWF's individual and corporate sponsorships, contact Liz Silvernail, CWF Director of Development or use the online form.

Learn More

Download 2017 Union County Falcon Cam Nestbox News

2017 Union County Falcon Cam Nestbox News - 363.1KB
Archives from the 2017 U.C. Nestbox News, written by CWF staff which summarizes the nesting season for falcons atop the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth, NJ. The nest failed this year.

For More Information

Falcon Cam Sponsoring Contact:
Liz Silvernail, Executive Director: Email

NJ Falcon Project Contact:
Ben Wurst, Habitat Program Manager: Email

Find Related Info: Peregrine Falcon, Raptors, Endangered

Attention Educators!

Image of The male Jersey City peregrine falcon.

Introduce Peregrine falcons to your students today! We offer lesson plans to help your students to learn about birds of prey, predator/prey relationships, and much more!


Thank you to our sponsor:

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